6 of 10
6. DreamWorks Animation SKG
DreamWorks Animation SKG
Best Companies rank: 6
Name: Simon Otto
Title: Head of character animation on the upcoming movie, "How to Train Your Dragon"
Age: 36
Years with the company: 13

I got hired straight out of animation school in Paris. I got hired directly as an animator, which back then meant hand-drawn animation. Through the years we transitioned to a fully CG studio. But essentially the job is exactly the same and it's absolutely driven by artistry. What's different is the tool set. Instead of hands and a pencil we now use keyboards and a mouse.

Currently we're deep into 3D. The community of like-minded artists and technicians from around the world that you get to work with -- it's like sitting in the front row at a Lakers game and watching people play that are at the top of their level.

I have a one-year-old son and I can't wait to show him some of the movies. Being a dad changes your perspective. I already feel a sense of pride thinking about showing him the movies I've worked on. I know what it means to do a regular job and I love where I'm at. This is a hobby that has turned into a career.

NEXT: NetApp
Last updated January 21 2010: 7:02 AM ET
Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
Top 100  There's a new No. 1 in town: tech powerhouse SAS. Yes, even in a tough job market, some employers are doling out perks. Meet this year's winners. More
They're hiring!   These 22 Best Companies to Work For have at least 500 openings each, totaling more than 87,750 jobs. What are they looking for? More
25 top-paying companies Senior account execs at Salesforce.com take home an average $249,607 total compensation annually. Who else offers big paychecks? More

Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2018 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2018. All rights reserved. Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices © S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2018 and/or its affiliates.